LFC Midfielder slapped with £20,000 pay out after Christmas stop check by police
- 21:06, 1 FEB 2017
- Updated22:04, 1 FEB 2017
Liverpool FC star Roberto Firmino was fined £20,000 and banned from driving for a year today after admitting drink driving.
Firmino, 25, was stopped by police driving his Range Rover on Strand Street and found to have 46 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of blood. The legal limit is 35mg.
The fine raised eyebrows among some ECHO readers who queried why the Brazilian midfielder had to pay out such a huge amount of money.
We checked with a solicitor who specialises in motoring law and the answer, perhaps unsurprisingly, is to do with how much £29m footballer player gets paid.
Matt Reynolds, associate solicitor at Just Motor Law said: “When considering a sentence for an offence, the court always looks at the sentencing guidelines.
“If there are no aggravating features to a case, a breath alcohol reading of between 36 and 89 mgs per 100mls will usually attract a sentence or a fine of between 125-175% of the offender’s weekly income.
“There is no upper limit to the fine that can be imposed using this calculation, and the figure must reflect the seriousness of the offence while also taking into account the financial circumstances of the offender.
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